Washington (20-42) at Orlando (18-48)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Mar 10, 2004
  • TV: NBATV, SUN
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The worst team in the NBA has been very good against the Washington Wizards this season.

The Orlando Magic will look to complete a four-game sweep of the season series when they host the Wizards.

Tracy McGrady, the NBA’s top scorer, has led Orlando to a 3-0 record against Washington this season by averaging 33.7 points. The Magic have won 15 of the last 20 meetings overall and 13 of the last 14 in Orlando.

Unfortunately for the Magic, they only get to play the Wizards four times per season. They have lost 48 of 63 games against the rest of the NBA, including Tuesday’s 100-89 loss to the Miami Heat.

McGrady scored 26 points for the Magic, who have lost two straight and four of five. Orlando surrendered 100 or more points in all four losses, falling to 4-29 when allowing that many.

Washington has lost three straight since winning four of five. A 117-87 home loss to Denver on Tuesday—the Wizards’ worst defeat of the season—had coach Eddie Jordan questioning the effort of some of his players.

“Gilbert (Arenas) stood out. Frankly, he played like an NBA player, and not many other people did for us,” Jordan said. “These signs have been with us throughout the year, and now when it’s really time to gut it out, only a few guys try to gut it out.”

Forwards Jarvis Hayes (hamstring), Jared Jeffries (knee) and Kwame Brown (ankle) all left the game with injuries. Brown returned in the fourth quarter, but Jordan doesn’t expect Hayes or Jeffries to play Wednesday.

“It’s pride now, the last 20 games,” said Arenas, who scored 23 points. “It’s the NBA. You’ve got to have pride if you want to be in this game.”

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